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NRCS Conservation Outcomes Webinar Series

This monthly webinar series highlights recent outcomes, emerging opportunities, and conservation tools and data developed to assist with conservation planning and impact and efficiency assessment. The series illustrates the scope of Farm Bill conservation efforts on privately owned croplands, forests, and rangelands; documents the conservation achievements and outcomes of those efforts; and shows the utility of science-based outcomes for helping inform future conservation delivery.

These one-hour, live webinars will occur every fourth Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) via Adobe Connect at
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May 27, 3:00 p.m. ET – When it Rains, it Pours: Conservation Considerations for Resiliency in a Changing Climate.

In agricultural watersheds, shifting climate patterns present an immediate and localized risk to both farm productivity and downstream aquatic ecosystems. During this webinar, Dr. Mark Williams of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service will present research exploring long-term trends in rainfall amount, intensity and timing within the Maumee River-Western Lake Erie Basin. The analysis includes quantifying the effects of rainfall patterns on streamflow and exploring relationships to phosphorus loading. The research findings indicate that increasing rainfall amount and intensity, combined with increasing hydrologic connectivity and accumulating nutrient stores in the Maumee watershed over the past four decades, create significant challenges for contemporary approaches to dissolved phosphorus load mitigation.

Climate Change Photo

Dr. Williams will also discuss how the temporal variability of precipitation and discharge can influence the effectiveness of conservation practices (both nutrient management practices/4Rs and structural practices). Innovative drainage design and management practices are needed to ensure that agricultural adaptation to climate change is sustainable.

The research was conducted by Dr. Mark Williams and Dr. Kevin King of USDA Agricultural Research Service with funding from the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). The webinar will be moderated by Lisa Duriancik, NRCS CEAP Watersheds Assessment Leader.

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Each webinar will be recorded and archived for later viewing on this website.

Questions? Contact Liz Marshall at

Past Webinars:

  • April 29, 2021 – NRCS Conservation Practices Delivering Voluntary GHG Mitigation & Carbon Sequestration Benefits - Archived webinar.
  • March 25, 2021 – Quantifying Ecosystem Functions to Facilitate Wetland Monitoring and Assessment - Archived webinar.
  • February 25, 2021 – Rangeland Analysis Platform: Integrating production and economics into area-wide planning - Archived webinar.
  • January 28, 2021 – Development of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) and Use by NRCS for Watershed Planning - Archived webinar.
  • November 12, 2020 – Linking Ecosystem Service Values to Rangeland Practices in the Central Great Plains - Archived webinar.
  • October 22, 2020 – Quantifying Conservation Effects on Multiple Wetland Ecosystem Services: Understanding Tradeoffs is the Name of the Game - Archived webinar.
  • September 24, 2020 – The 2017 National Resources Inventory 5-year Release, 35 Years of National Resources Monitoring - Archived webinar.
  • August 27, 2020 – Conservation Outcomes of NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife in Eastern Forests - Archived webinar.
  • July 23, 2020 – Quantifying Restoration Outcomes in Frequent-Fire Forests - Archived webinar.
  • June 25, 2020 – Tillage Management and Structural Conservation Practices: CEAP-2 Report on Changes in Adoption Rates - Archived webinar.
  • May 28, 2020 – Measuring and Understanding the Effects of Conservation within Watersheds - Archived webinar.
  • April 23, 2020 – Conservation Outcomes on America’s Western Grazing Lands with NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife - Archived webinar.